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Poster: bulldoggy Date: Jan 3, 2006 3:48am
Forum: prelinger Subject: dimensions of downloaded mpeg-2's

I downloaded a couple of mpeg-2s from the Prelinger Archives. When streamed, the dimensions seemed normal (720 x 480), but after downloading, the dimensions are actually 368 x 480 and therefore look distorted when played (not wide enough).

When viewed on a Windows Media player, the dimensions look normal, but on a Real Media player, or in the Premiere Pro editing environment, the mpgs are too skinny. Is there a way to convert them to normal proportions of 720 x 480? Any help greatly appreciated!

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jan 3, 2006 8:24pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: dimensions of downloaded mpeg-2's

Windows Media Player does not correctly display non-standard (and even many standard) video aspect ratios. I recommend the VLC player http://www.videolan.org/ It is free and much more capable than WMP.

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Poster: bulldoggy Date: Jan 4, 2006 2:03am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: dimensions of downloaded mpeg-2's

Thanks for the link to VideoLAN, I'll check it out.

Interestingly, the ULead DWS2 DVD authoring software displays these mpgs at correct dimensions--at least in the authoring environment. I'm not sure if this will carry through to the finished DVD or how the quality of the images may be impacted--but I can report back to the forum after I finish the production if anyone is interested.

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